February 25, 2008
Book Short: Chock Full O Management & Leadership
I just finished The Better People Leader, by Charles Coonradt, which was a very short, good, rich read. It was a pretty expansive book on management & leadership topics — 100 short pages of material that are probably covered by 1,000 pages in other books.
What separates this book from the pack is the rich examples from non-business life that Coonradt sprinkles throughout the book. They include the tale of a special ed kid who became a mainstream student within a year because his teacher had the courage to ask his fellow students to treat him normally, and the story of how Korean War POWs died in massive numbers not from physical torture but from negative feedback loops.
The closing quote of the book says it all, from Ronald Reagan: “A great leader is not necessarily one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.” This book gives you quick tips on how to do just that.